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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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John Dryden. (1631–1700) (continued)
    And torture one poor word ten thousand ways.
          Britannia Rediviva. Line 208.
    Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace.
          Epistle to Congreve. Line 19.
    Be kind to my remains; and oh defend,
Against your judgment, your departed friend!
          Epistle to Congreve. Line 72.
    Better to hunt in fields for health unbought
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
The wise for cure on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.
          Epistle to John Dryden of Chesterton. Line 92.
    Wit will shine
Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line.
          To the Memory of Mr. Oldham. Line 15.
    So softly death succeeded life in her,
She did but dream of heaven, and she was there.
          Eleonora, Line 315.
    Since heaven’s eternal year is thine.
          Elegy on Mrs. Killegrew. Line 15.
    O gracious God! how far have we
Profan’d thy heavenly gift of poesy!
          Elegy on Mrs. Killegrew. Line 56.
    Her wit was more than man, her innocence a child. 1
          Elegy on Mrs. Killegrew. Line 70.
    He was exhal’d; his great Creator drew
His spirit, as the sun the morning dew. 2
          On the Death of a very young Gentleman.
    Three poets, in three distant ages born,
Greece, Italy, and England did adorn.
The first in loftiness of thought surpass’d;
The next, in majesty; in both the last.
Note 1.
Of manners gentle, of affections mild,
In wit a man, simplicity a child.
Alexander Pope: Epitaph on Gay. [back]
Note 2.
Early, bright, transient, chaste as morning dew,
She sparkl’d, was exhal’d, and went to heaven.
Edward Young: Night Thoughts, night v. line 600. [back]